All visitors are required to wear masks.

For COVID-19 safety, all visitors to ChristianaCare facilities and services are required to wear masks. This includes visitors who are vaccinated. Please read our visitor guidelines before arrival.

Masks required at outpatient locations; visitors and support persons limited

All visitors at outpatient locations must be masked in alignment with the masking guidelines on our visitation policy page here. Patients at ChristianaCare’s outpatient services are advised to come to their appointments alone unless a support person is absolutely needed. If a support person is needed, such as a parent, guardian or spokesperson, we highly encourage that the support person be vaccinated. Outpatient practices are not requiring vaccination or a negative COVID test for visitors at this time.

All hospital visitors required to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be 16 or older.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be 16 or older.
  • All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.

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Female Sexual Dysfunction

Why isn’t sex enjoyable?
Female sexual dysfunction is a common — and often treatable — problem

At some point in their lifetime, an estimated 40 percent of women can experience sexual dysfunction, which is defined as a persistent problem with any phase of the sexual response cycle. A woman may have a problem getting sexually aroused or having an orgasm. If these issues persist, they can become stressful for both the woman and her partner. But because they’re embarrassed, many women don’t talk to their health care providers about their concerns.

Sexual dysfunction, however, might be related to a treatable physical or behavioral health condition. Seeing your health care provider is the first step toward having a healthy sex life.

What is female sexual dysfunction?

The typical sexual cycle has four stages: excitement and arousal, plateau, orgasm, and resolution, which is when the body returns to normal. Some women can achieve orgasm multiple times before resolution. Many women with sexual dysfunction have problems getting aroused or reaching an orgasm.

What are the symptoms of female sexual dysfunction?

You may experience one or more of the following:

  • Little to no interest in sex.
  • Little to no sensation.
  • Difficulty becoming or staying aroused.
  • Difficulty reaching orgasm.
  • Pain during sexual stimulation or intercourse.

What are the risk factors?

Many factors can contribute to female sexual dysfunction, including:

  • Age, particularly menopause. The vagina becomes thinner, less lubricated and less elastic, which can cause pain during sex, especially after the ovaries stop making estrogen.
  • Pain during intercourse for other reasons.
  • Fluctuating hormones, which happens when you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or menopausal.
  • Illness, especially conditions that affect the blood vessels.
  • Certain medications.
  • Partner problems.
  • Behavioral health matters, such as anxiety or depression.
  • Neurological conditions.
  • Gynecological issues, such as vaginitis.
  • A history of mental or physical trauma.
  • Alcoholism and drug abuse.

How will my health care provider diagnose sexual dysfunction?

The road toward treatment starts with an exam to look for physical causes. Because your mental health history is as important as your physical history, a therapist can help with issues related to behavioral health or past trauma.

What is the treatment for sexual dysfunction?

If there is a physical cause, such as a hormone imbalance, your health care provider may prescribe medication. A physical abnormality, such as scarring from a previous surgery, can also be addressed.

If you’re feeling pain, your doctor will look for reasons why you’re experiencing discomfort and suggest a treatment.

When there is no apparent physical cause, you may benefit from seeing a behavioral health therapist who specializes in sexual matters. Learning about your body and how it responds can help. You may need more stimulation to either get aroused or achieve orgasm.

Remember, many women have occasional trouble in their sex lives. If it becomes a persistent problem — and it concerns you — see your health care provider.

For more information about female sexual dysfunction, visit:

The U.S. National Library of Medicine: Sexual Problems in Women